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My professional best bits

In July 2009 I travelled India's border areas and then from Brazil to Canada without setting foot in an aeroplane. I am one of The Travel Editor’s most-viewed authors, with nearly 70,000 page views and 92 fans. I have been published in The Independent Traveller, Get Lost!, Metro, Toronto Star, Black Meringue (an alternative bridal magazine), Exmoor the Country Magazine,, and and am the author of online guides to Manitoba, Cusco, India and Bath. In a successful bid to learn Dreamweaver, perfect my SEO technique and, most importantly, to help and amuse other travellers, I established the Overland Traveller website and blog. Since my return I have started a new blog, Feet, Ground: Head, Clouds. It's all about beating those pesky post-trip blues with a micro approach to travel, sniffing out the pleasure in the little things and the quirk in the everyday.

Besides writing, I specialise in editing, project management, social media and websites. I am available for commissions and contracts. I write about travel (obviously), lifestyle, weddings, chocolate, being a girl and anything else that catches my rather discerning eye.

My travel plans

2011: North Devon, Cornwall, London, the Cotswolds and the Norfolk Broads.

Areas of expertise: UK, especially North Devon, the Cotswolds and London; Manitoba (Canada), budget travel, adventure travel, luxury hotel reviews, offbeat travel, online editing, writing for search and web, project management and social media.

Destinations visited July 2009 to June 2010

Experiences July 2009 to June 2010

My travel history

In 1999 I left school and InterRailed around Europe, taking in 15 destinations in one month. I developed a love of train travel and swore never to squeeze so much into so little a space of time again.

In 2004 I travelled solo from Holland to Singapore by train, bus, boat, bike, camel, horse, Russian Minivan UAZ- 452, rat-infested ferry, ant-infested coach and a pickup truck popular with careless frog traders.

I spent three months in summer 2009 exploring India’s border regions. I toured the tea plantations of Assam, blissfully drifted across a lotus flower-strewn lake in Kashmir, dropped my jaw in Rajasthan, counted cows on a beach in Goa and came close to losing control of my bowels on the roads of Ladakh.

From October 2009 to June 2010 I meandered the length of the Americas from Brazil to Canada, or more specifically, from Rio de Janeiro to everyone’s favourite urban destination, Winnipeg. During that time I soared over Rio on a hang glider, puked into phosphorescence while sailing from Colombia to Panama, very slowly braked my way down the world’s most dangerous road on a bike, touched a wild grey whale in Baja and (my proudest achievement yet) was shat on by a monkey in the Pantanal.

Other travels saw me hitch-hike across Norway, have fruitless arguments with Marrakechi taxi drivers, pace the streets of New York City, piggy-back over the floods of Myanmar, drive the length of Britain several times and the length of New Zealand once, gain a healthy fear of heights from Chicago’s glass-bottomed Skydeck and go underground to lead a tour of Moscow’s Metro.

In chronological order, I have also lived for significant periods of time in a quintessentially English village in Berkshire, the picture-perfect Cotswolds, Cardiff, windy Aberdeenshire, North Devon (which will always hold a special place in my heart), Brighton and London, still my favourite city in the world.

My career history

I started as a lowly Editorial Assistant, working on World Travel Guide for Columbus Travel Media*. A year later I accepted a promotion to the role of Travel Domain Specialist for a new project, vertical search engine Foundography. The project failed but I added a technical string to my editorially dominated qualification bow as I learnt about spider configuration, taxonomies, market research, user and functionality testing and competitor analysis. Shortly before Foundography folded I was asked to apply for the job of Commissioning Editor back on World Travel Guide. From there I progressed to Acting Head of Editorial, managing a team of four editorial staff, a host of freelance contributors, a rapidly developing website and a huge range of travel content. Since travelling from Brazil to Canada overland, I've worked as Freelance Editor for The Travel Editor and helped launch Travesse. I am currently Commissioning Editor for Frommer's Unlimited, the digital branch of Frommer's.

My education history

To end at the beginning, like most people I went to school. I left the requisite number of years later armed with 11 GCSEs, three A-grade A levels in English Literature, History and Art, a healthy disrespect for organised religion and a thirst to spread my wings. The next logical step was university. Somehow I managed to study literature in respected establishments in England, Scotland and Wales to gain an MA (Designated) in English. Since then I have gained an NCTJ qualification in magazine journalism and pursued the aforementioned career based on the written word.

*Columbus Travel Media started life under the Nexus Business Media umbrella. Today it is one of the world’s leading content providers. It also runs World Travel Guide, the flagship digital consumer brand, which logs 2 million+ unique users monthly.

Examples of my writing

Around Paris on a scooter

Independent Families: Day trips in Provence?

Five Best: Outdoor activities in Avignon & Provence

Four ways to find your perfect gap year

Holdstone Down: Where Jesus landed in a spaceship

India: Off the beaten track

Luxury camping minibreak

Five all-American road trips

Manitoba travel guide

Hang gliding in Rio de Janeiro

Travel hair trauma

Touring the Pantanal

The two-month slump: Colca Canyon, Peru

The eco impact of Brazil to Canada overland